You've got to respect the American Red Cross: they're just a bunch of people who love to help people. As a recipient of their assistance through multiple emergencies (hey forest fires, you suck) I've been delighted to see their variousdisasterapps pop up on the Play Store. But their latest tops them all: Team Read Cross gives you a ton of information on volunteer opportunities in your area, then "gamifies" the act of completing them, sort of like a Foursquare that actually encourages you to do meaningful stuff.
Phones are always begging for attention – emails, text messages, app updates, and so on. Ideally, you might like to see what's going on in your devices without picking it up while hard at work. Krome for Android does just that with the aid of a desktop Chrome extension.
In an impromptu Reddit AmA earlier today, Vector Unit – the development team behind Riptide GP, Beach Buggy Blitz, and Shine Runner – announced that Riptide GP 2 will be hitting the Google Play Store on July 23rd for just $3.
You may remember Riptide GP 2 from its debut on NVIDIA's SHIELD back in March, which showed off the game's updated effects, physics, and overall improved gameplay. Naturally, GP 2 is optimized for NVIDIA's Tegra 4 chip, which means that it will be one of the many games pushing SHIELD to the max once it's released to the masses.
Sprinkle Islands will feel instantly familiar to fans of the original game, as the core concept is the same. Players still control a water cannon atop a wooden fire truck on an alien world, their goal remains putting out any and all signs of fire, and the degree of challenge is still pretty high. If you haven't already familiarized yourself with this series, you might want to take a second to do so.
The LG Optimus F3 is available today for $179.99 off-contract with Virgin Mobile. The phone comes with Android 4.1.2, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and a commendable 2,460mAh battery. The 4G LTE-capable handset will reportedly last long enough to sustain a sixteen hour conversation, though such battery life might require more work on your end when throwing out the dead battery excuse to avoid people.
The LG Optimus F3 has a 4-inch screen shielded with Gorilla Glass 2, a 5MP camera in the back, and your typical inferior camera on the front.
At this point, we've all heard of T-Mobile's JUMP! program, designed to let customers upgrade smartphones up to twice-yearly. And not to be outdone by T-Mo, AT&T announced its variant of the plan, dubbed Next. Of course, Verizon has its own thing going on, too – Edge. Up to this point, we've only seen leaks that allude to Edge's existence, but Big Red finally took the wraps off and made it official this morning.
The Google Analytics app for Android doesn't get a lot of love, despite the fact that the service itself is incredibly popular. Yesterday version 2.0 began rolling out, and it's improved in just about every way. It's another staged rollout - you might not be able to see the new version on the Play Store just yet - but a goodie bag of new and improved features should make nearly all users happy once they get it.
The Google Play Store got its big overhaul this week, and it looks pretty nice. The lost features are a bit of a problem, but maybe a bunch of app sales will cheer you up. There are a ton of them today, including some stuff from Amazon.
Reddit is Fun is the workhorse of Android Reddit clients. It's minimalist and snappy – no time for fancy animations and effects, there is Redditing to be done. The app has a ton of features, and it just got some more with a big update to version 3.0.
Get this, Microsoft has drastically redesigned MSN for Android, introducing a new app to replace the outdated MSN World. I know, that's trippy. Apparently MSN is still a thing. This new release leaves the interface looking somewhat spiffy, as it now shows off tiles that would look at home on a Windows Phone device, yet still looks good mixed with Android's versatile Holo interface. That said, the bottom black toolbar might look crowded on devices with a virtual toolbar, and it gives me the impression that Microsoft figured it could update its Android app with the interface it threw together for the upcoming iOS 7.